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Desert Locust Bulletin, No 481, October 2018

The Desert Locust situation continued to remain calm during October

Although seasonal rains ended in the northern Sahel between Mauritania and Sudan and vegetation was drying out, a second generation of breeding took place in Chad and small-scale breeding occurred in northern Niger and southern Algeria. There were unconfirmed of adult groups and breeding in northern Mali. In Mauritania, locusts moved from the south and concentrated in western areas to form a few small groups. Some of the adults may have moved further north to northern Mauritania, Morocco and western Algeria during periods of southerly winds. Local breeding continued in central Algeria where 180 ha were treated. Scattered adults persisted in the interior of Sudan and began moving towards winter breeding areas along the Red Sea coast where early rains fell in some places. Cyclone Luban brought heavy rains to eastern Yemen and southern Oman. Ecological conditions remained favourable in southern Oman and northwest Somalia from earlier cyclones Mekunu and Sagar in May, respectively. Local breeding was in progress in both areas and 70 ha of very small hopper and adult groups were treated with biopesticides on the northwest coast of Somalia. The situation remained calm in southwest Asia. During the forecast period, small-scale breeding is expected in northwest Mauritania where groups could form, and along both sides of the Red Sea.

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